Libraries & Archives

On these pages we list some of the most extensive and useful websites for libraries and archives contributing to the study of East Asia. It is not an exhaustive list, but focuses on major collections, as well as the pages of some smaller college libraries that have developed both admirable Asian studies collections and useful tools to acquaint students and researchers with the field.  For a more comprehensive listing of East Asian libraries around the world, visit the websites of the library associations below, or UCLA’s links page

The subject guides of East Asian libraries are often the best places to find up to date resources. UNESCO maintains two extremely valuable pages:  the UNESCO Libraries Portal and the UNESCO Archives Portal.  Guides to general and topic-specific resources and links to worldwide sites can be found in both these places.

Council on East Asian Libraries  Here users will find a directory of East Asian libraries in North America and links to their websites, the very handy “Ask an East Asian Librarian” online reference service, and several extensive portals to internet resources on Asia and China as filtered and evaluated by librarians.  Be sure to consult the individual page of the Committee on Chinese Materials as well as the main CEAL site.

Major East Asia Collections and Reference Sites

C.V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley This major new library building brings together what was previously two collections.

Rudolph East Asian Library, University of California, Los Angeles

C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University

Wason Collection on East Asia, Cornell University

Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University;
Fairbank Center collection, H.C. Fung Library, Harvard University Harvard’s main East Asian collection is housed in the Harvard-Yenching library, with the Fairbank collection specializing in the economics and politics of contemporary China.

Library of Congress, Asian Reading Room

Asia Library, University of Michigan

East Asian Library and the Gest Collection, Princeton University

East Asia Library, Stanford University

Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, University of Toronto

Information on Archives

Dissertation Reviews. The "Fresh from the Archives" section contains detailed reports from the field, but researchers will find much useful information in the reviews themselves as well, which describe the newest work in the field.

American Historical Association Archives Wiki.  User-contributed archives reports.